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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ball State’s Franko House Named MAC West Player of the Week

Sophomore forward helped Cardinals to 2-0 start to MAC play
MUNCIE, Ind. – Sophomore forward Franko House of the Ball State men’s basketball team has been selected as the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

House averaged 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last week in helping Ball State knock off a pair of 11-win teams to open conference play.

The Elkhart, Ind., product has been at his best in the biggest moments lately. He scored eight of his 14 points in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime in Wednesday’s win at Eastern Michigan, all while playing with four fouls. He played a role in the Cardinals’ final seven points in overtime, scoring four of them and assisting on Sean Sellers’ game-winning 3-pointer.

Three days later, House went for 13 points and five rebounds as Ball State defeated a Central Michigan team that entered the game at No. 88 in the NCAA RPI.

House was efficient for the week, knocking down 13 of 19 shots from the floor (68.4 percent) to help the Cardinals to their first 2-0 MAC start since the 2011-12 season. Bowling Green is the only other undefeated team in MAC play.

House is the second Ball State player to earn MAC West Player of the Week honors this season, joining Sean Sellers who received the award in the season’s opening week.

Ball State returns to action Wednesday at Western Michigan with a 7 p.m. tipoff in Kalamazoo, Mich. The game will be televised by the Ball State Sports Network and will also air on ESPN3.

For the most up-to-date news on Ball State men’s basketball, follow @BallStateSports, @BallStateMBB and @coachjwhit on Twitter.

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